1. West Seattle Blog has footage of a community meeting where a Seattle Police Department officer claims—falsely—that SPD didn't pepper spray any reporters during the May Day protests.

When someone in the audience challenges the SPD account by reminding him about Erica's own experience (she was sprayed directly in the face while taking photos of a conflict between officers and a protester), the officer says Barnett was "in the place where we sprayed."

2. Followup: Yesterday's Fizz reported that the state house finance committee was set to pass legislation, sponsored by Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-3, Spokane) amending the estate tax law to fix a state supreme court ruling that allowed couples to avoid the tax.

There's an irony about Eyman's testimony against the estate tax bill: The legislation reestablishes a voter approved initiative for the estate tax, I-920, which passed 62-38 in 2006, winning in all but three legislative districts statewide. The committee  passed the bill, which would prevent millions in state payouts and add about $160 million to the state budget over two years, 8-3 along straight party lines (with Democrats voting for it and Republicans against)...though not before anti-tax activist Tim Eyman testified with a denunciation of tax increases, leading finance committee chair Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36, Queen Anne) to turn Eyman's mike off.

(Eyman's sweeping testimony—rather than simply sticking to the estate tax bill—went after: the "delusional" Democrats' broader taxes agenda... "you're trying to exploit the truck and bridge collision"...; Gov. Jay Inslee's campaign tactics; and the State Supreme Court's recent decision against his two-thirds rule, a rule that, he said, "cemented the public's opposition to higher taxes.")

Let the Voters Decide. Sometimes.

 

After Carlyle cut him off, Eyman issued a press release: "I was .... gaveled down and my microphone turned off. What a perfect metaphor for how things work in Olympia: If politicians don't like what the people are saying, they simply shut them down. That's one of the many reasons the initiative process is such a positive contrast: it allows the voters to express their views without government censorship."

There's an irony about Eyman's testimony against the estate tax bill (which he said "is picking at the carcasses of dead people"). The legislation reestablishes a voter approved initiative for the estate tax, I-920, which passed 62-38 in 2006, winning in all but three legislative districts statewide.

Noting that Eyman often shows up in public wearing his "Let the Voters Decide" sweatshirt while defending the will of the people against the legislature and the courts, Rep. Carlyle had his own assessment of Eyman's testimony.

He told PubliCola: "The irony is dripping with hypocrisy. He's criticizing the legislature for trying to re-institute the will of the voters."

Eyman did not respond to a request for comment.

Watch Eyman's testimony:

 3. KIRO-TV, which has already busted Mayor Mike McGinn for misleading the public about his first gun buyback plan (McGinn said the guns would be melted into "peace plaques," but knew they'd already been turned into rebar), has another awkward story about the mayor's gun buyback program.

Yesterday, KIRO reported that the mayor's office had considered announcing McGinn's latest gun buyback plans at Cafe Racer today, the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting there. His office, after contacting Cafe Racer about the idea, subsequently changed their mind.

The cafe is actually closed today in remembrance of the victims.

4. Josh posted an opinion piece late in the day yesterday arguing that aPodments, which some neighbors fear will make parking more difficult to find because the developments house more people than traditional rentals, will actually save parking spots because aPodment residents aren't entitled to as many parking permits. 

 

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